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Aerial view of West Pentire and the Kelsey Head, Cornwall
West Pentire and the Kelsey Head, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

Cubert wildlife walk, Cornwall

Enjoy a circular walk along the coastline just south of Newquay for far-reaching sea views. Wild flowers are abundant in the spring and early summer. Don't forget to bring along your binoculars to spot migrant birds in the fields in winter.

Cliff edges

Beware of cliff edges along this coastal walk and keep dogs on leads at all times.

Total steps: 7

Total steps: 7

Start point

West Pentire car park, grid ref: SW775605

Step 1

Start at the car park in West Pentire and walk north on a path towards the coast, with wildflower fields on your left in summer.

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Pyramidal orchid in bloom at Holywell, Cornwall | © National Trust/Katherine Alker

Step 2

Take the left at the junction of two paths, then the next right along the edge of a field. At the end of this field take the left-hand path, then the right one, so that you are exactly on the edge of the coast, following it around to the left, away from West Pentire.

Step 3

Keep following the coastal path, also looking out for buzzards inland. The shortcut back to the car park is a left-hand path at the point of Porth Joke (sands), which goes back across the fields.

Step 4

Pass the Iron Age fort on your right continuing on the coast path which loops around the sand dunes of Holywell beach.

A female silver-studded blue butterfly, showing the underside of her wings, perched on a twig at Ludshott Commons, Hampshire
A female silver-studded blue butterfly at Holywell, Cornwall | © National Trust Images/Matthew Oates

Step 5

The path then heads directly inland off the beach. Follow it straight across the junction, then downhill to another four-way junction, taking the left-hand path.

Step 6

Carry straight on, turning left at the track, then further on keeping right past the disused quarry.

Step 7

Follow the fork forward then take the next small path on the left. Follow the track uphill past another disused quarry on the right and along the fields back to the car park.

End point

West Pentire car park, grid ref: SW775605

Trail map

Map for Cubert wildlife walking trail, Holywell, Cornwall
Map for Cubert wildlife walking trail, Holywell, Cornwall | © Crown copyright and database rights 2013 Ordnance Survey

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